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Evaluating & citing books

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Evaluating & citing books

  1. 1. Evaluating & Citing Books<br />LIBR1101<br />
  2. 2. Evaluating Books<br />Finding books is half the battle. You also need to evaluate them to determine if they are reliable and if they are appropriate for your research project.<br />
  3. 3. Factors for Evaluating Sources<br />In your textbook, George discusses some criteria for evaluating sources on pp. 133-36<br />The following slides will give you some things to consider when using her criteria to evaluate books<br />
  4. 4. Date of Source<br />Think about your topic in relation to the date a book or information in a book was published. <br />If you are doing research on the latest cancer treatments, you don’t want a book from the 1954. If you are writing about the history of cancer treatments, a book from 1954 might be helpful<br />Remember that primary sources are closest to an event, so they may not be recent but are usually relevant<br />
  5. 5. Author’s Credentials<br />What makes the author an expert? <br />Consider experience as well as degrees and other credentials<br />Has the author written anything else?<br />Do other researchers cite this author?<br />
  6. 6. Sponsor’s Intent or Reputation<br /> Who is the publisher? <br />University press - Reputable and want to maintain that reputation, so pretty reliable but still must be viewed critically<br />Commercial publisher – Books may be published for larger audiences and the purpose may be to make a profit<br />Other<br />
  7. 7. Leads, Research & References <br />What sources did the author use to write the book?<br />If the book is based on original research, what research methods did the author use?<br />
  8. 8. Citing Books in MLA Style<br />
  9. 9. MLA Citation for Books<br />author’s last name, author’s first name. Title of Book. City where book was published: Publisher, year of publication. Medium of Publication.<br />Example:<br />Fromm, Erich. On Being Human. New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, Inc., 1994. Print.<br />

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